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Killing two birds with one stone: Serving the community at a Profit

Kenya’s economy is flourishing, with a steady 6% growth in 2016 according to the African Development Bank. At the same time, many Kenyan, especially at the BoP, do not yet see this growth materialize into having access to a nutritious meal. That’s why 2SCALE is…

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Sorghum beer

The partnership between farmer unions and Meta Beer (subsidiary of Diageo) has completed its first phase, and arrangements are being finalized for an expanded second phase. This partnership, brokered by 2SCALE, is a landmark for two reasons: the first time sorghum is being used as…

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Business Development Forum on Sesame from Mali: A decisive step towards competitiveness

The 2SCALE-facilitated Sesame Business Development Forum held 16-19 May 2017, a multi-stakeholder diagnosis and planning forum designed by ICRA, brought together the company Promotion du Sesame au Mali (PROSEMA), networks of sesame collectors, leaders of 120 producer’s organizations currently in the restructuring phase in cooperatives,…

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More partners, more milk

The dairy partnership in Ethiopia is expanding, with the addition of dairy processor Etete. The business model, successfully established with Alema Koudijs Feeds (AKF) and Family Milk, is being scale out to new areas with Etete. Four new clusters have been established in North Shewa…

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Soy, chickens and more

2SCALE’s soybean work in Mozambique goes beyond technologies and markets. Our goal is to build a partnership that creates opportunities all along the value chain. This partnership began with one cluster in Malema district, Nampula province. Today it involves 10,000 farmers (6,500 women) in Nampula…

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Sharing insights – the 2SCALE-KIT write-shop

2SCALE partnerships involve 556,000 farmers, 1,500 farmer cooperatives and 1,300 small businesses in nine countries. How best can we share the lessons learned, for potential application by other development projects? In June this year, we launched a new initiative with the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)…

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What do we really mean with loyalty?

Some time ago, I (Arno Maatman) participated in a workshop – facilitated by consortium partner ICRA – on the supply chain relationships between Shalem, a medium-scale aggregator of and trader in sorghum (and other commodities, but I will stick here to the sorghum), the farmers,…

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Planning for training

How are we doing on capacity building? A Review & Capitalization Workshop (Kenya, March 2017) helped analyze 2016 results and plan for the next season. The workshop brought together 2SCALE staff, coaches and trainers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda, and value chain specialists from…

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Better storage, better prices

Potato farmers in Kenya are in no rush to sell. A 2SCALE initiative, co-funded by the Irish embassy, is helping to build low-cost stores, allowing farmers to store their harvest until prices are more favorable. Two months of storage (rather than selling immediately after harvest)…

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Zinc + boron = rice?

A 2SCALE partnership with fertilizer manufacturer Toyota Tsusho is helping Kenyan rice farmers increase yields and profits while reducing fertilizer use and preventing environmental damage. The key is new fertilizer formulations that contain secondary and micronutrients such as zinc, boron and copper in addition to…

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